“When I received my test and evaluation sample, I was impressed with its fit and finish. Both the frame and slide are finished in a flat matte black finish with an aluminum trigger and stainless beavertail grip safety for contrast. Bul machines the DE1911Us from a block of T6 aluminum and machine cuts the frontstrap with 30 lines-per-inch (LPI) checkering. ‘Double diamond’ wood grips with stainless steel hex-head screws give the DE1911U a distinctly custom look!”
The 1911U’s 3-inch barrel also caught Detty’s attention with its compact, bull-style dimensions. “A bushing-less barrel design is used on the DE1911U. The stubby 3-inch tube is of bull dimensions,” says Detty. “The barrel is not supported or ramped, and it sports an 11-degree crown. Its barrel mouth is throated from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock and well polished, as is the frame’s feed ramp for smooth feeding with all bullet types.”
At the range, the 1911U performed up to its Desert Eagle pedigree with impressive accuracy from its compact frame and shortened barrel. “I did all of my accuracy testing of the DE1911U with my targets set up at 15 yards,” says Detty. “From a seated rest and using a Millett Benchmaster for support, I fired five rounds to a group. My first group was 1 inch low and 2 inches left of point of aim (POA). I made the necessary adjustment on the rear sight and my next group obliterated the 2-inch Shoot-N-C target. In a short amount of time I discovered the DE1911U to be one of the most accurate 3-inch .45 1911s I’ve ever tested.”
To read the full article, check out the November 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, available on newsstands August 5th, 2014.